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@Valence, Cecelia

I was waiting for Valence post, but well, let’s get the bad guys together.

The days passes and you do what you think must be done in the one-month-time-period the cardinal gives you to prepare yourself for any eventuality.

The cardinal approaches the duo just before they leave and convey his last advice ”Valence, you are to control the flow of information. The Seventh Knot led by a witch name Elise is already taking care of any adventurer that might want to oppose the Ninth Knot effort. Do what you can, but your priority as member of the Ninth Knot is to bring the Daemon gift. The others will be better suited to tell you the details of this operation.”

He takes Cecelia’s hand and then says ”The time we spent together was too short, but fate is calling and revenge is at hand. You are to support the Ninth and give them spiritual refuge. Trust yourself and you’ll do fine.”

That’s what he says before sending you off.


@Valence and Cecelia.

”You are to travel with Valence, but your duties will be to your fellow members of the Ninth Knot. They’ll need your spiritual guidance and your amazing abilities.” he looks to Valence and also answers this question in a very vague way. ”How you deal with the situation and what should be done, I trust you’ll excel without me putting limits to your expertise. Deal with the situation as you think its best. All that matters to me is that they bring me the Daemon’s gift!”

Feel free to continue the conversation or even the discussion with Thorn in a spoiler, just put a simple marking: Earlier – Manor, so everyone knows it’s something that happened before the current point in the game.


Valence and Cecelia:

The Cardinal seems amused with all the banter during the hand-waved dinner. He doesn’t intrude, happy to just observe.

--

He seems yet more amused at Valence writing his addendum, and when the barrister signs the contract he turns to Cecelia, gently nudging her to take a decision as well.

Cecelia, feel free to post your answer, but since I’ve delayed this for too long, let me just put things to move a bit more.

After both had signed the contract, the cardinal reveals parts of his plans:

”The bugbear horde marches towards the capital and with each battle we see a new victory for our General, Sakkarot Fire-Axe, but even with his genius tactical mind, the odds are too even. We cannot leave this to chance. Fire-Axe must destroy the Talirean army.”

”My Ninth and Seventh knot had just begun an endeavor that will bring Talingard to its knee and provide Sakkarot with the advantage he needs, but alas, they are too sloppy. They’ve advertised their endeavor for all Talingard to see, and I fear they’ll be overrun by our enemies if things are left as they are.” he pours some tea and continues ”That’s where you comes in Valence, the court will suddenly deem fit to send you to investigate this matter, matter which you are to make sure remains unknown for as long as possible.”

Reaching out to the woman sitting at his side and placing his hand over hers, he says to Cecelia ”But even with Valence skills, it’ll be impossible to negate the first ruckus caused and without your support, they might not be able to overcome all the challenges.”

Any question? :D


Where everything goes wrong, part 1:

“Excellent. Let us make it official.” Andrastus says and then adds ”To allow you full knowledge of my endeavor, a contract must be signed.”

He brings out a quill, a silver ritual knife and two copies of a contract written on some unidentifiable leather and written in dark red ink – the Pact of Thorns, it is written the following:


Behold on this day Oathday in the eighth age of this world a perpetual Compact is made between Cardinal Adrastus Thorn (hereafter the Master) and those who would be bound to him as his acolytes (hereafter the Bound). Both the Master and the Bound shall hold fast and true to this Compact through all trial and tribulation. By blood and soul the Bound commit to the Compact and swear that it shall never be undone.

The Bound shall know and understand the Four Loyalties.

The First Loyalty is to their patron and god – mighty Asmodeus, first among the fallen, prince of the nine hells, our father below. They shall do all that can be done to further his worship and his glory.

The Second Loyalty is to their master – He who is called the Cardinal Adrastus Thorn, High Priest of Asmodeus in Talingarde. They shall do the Master no harm and obey his every commandment as long as those commandments do not clash with their First Loyalty.

The Third Loyalty is to their companions – the other Bound who serve alongside them. The Bound shall deal with each other fairly and honorably as long as doing so does not clash with their first or second loyalties. All treasure, wealth and reward garnered in their exploits will be equally shared with all of the Bound who aided in its acquisition.

The Fourth Loyalty is to themselves – for Asmodeus is the Lord of Ambition and all who serve him should strive to become great and powerful in his service as long as doing so does not clash with their first, second or third loyalties. By their weakness, ye shall know the unworthy.

The Bound swear that they cleave to and uphold the Four Loyalties even in the face of death and damnation.

The Master swears that as long as the Four Loyalties are upheld, he shall reward the Bound as they deserve for their deeds.

Thus it is written, and thus it shall be.

We being of sound mind and free will do so swear and let they who violate this Compact know all the wrath of Hell unending.

Signed,

To Cecelia he adds "You must sign it as well my dear, so I can entrust you with all the knowledge you need to have your justice."


Don't ignore Tiadora! She is all about love!

Valence and Cecelia:

The feast proceeds with little conversation and nothing of consequence is discussed while the food is still being served. Andrastus, after noticing the dwarf used as test subject, smiles and makes a point of sampling all other food before it is served to his protégé and guests.

He inquires about work and nobility, about your earlier life and compliments you on your achievements. Different from the silver haired woman, which you now knows answers by the name of Tiadora, the cardinal seems to be an welcoming and understanding fellow.

The food is removed, dessert is served (colonial Pudding Cake) with a choice of beverage (coffee, tea, or iced tea), and like an unseen signal was passed, the servants retire, leaving you four alone in the room. The man at the head of the table is quick to get to business.

”I’ll topple the current Markadian regime and put a new king on the throne, one that faithfully bows to the Lord of Darkness and King of Hell.” he says seriously. ”For your services, aside the glory and earthly possessions and knowledge, I offer you the chance to shape the future of Talingard.”


Valence and Cecelia:

When the time is right, the servants invite each of you to follow them towards the meeting place.

The opulent dining room has been fitted for the occasion. The luxurious table is set with several dishes already served, at the head of the table, a devilishly handsome fellow, dressed in simple yet elegant priesthood cloths. You immediately recognize the man clothing as high priest attire, but you see none of the rich and superfluous decoration that Mitran Cardinals and High Priest uses. And then, the inverted red pentagram of Asmodeus displayed prominently on his chest.

Sitting at the priest side, a red haired woman with simple, yet elegant white and black dress. Completing her outfit, an old necklace with a green gem that matched her eyes.

Valence, please describe yourself and Hask.

The host welcomes you as soon you enter. ”Welcome and I appreciate your willingness to join us on this occasion. I assure you won’t be disappointed.” he smiles and invite you to sit.

”My name is Andrastus Thorn and this is Lady Cecelia Wentworth.” he says referring to the ginger woman. The platinum haired woman is nowhere to be seem.

The food displayed on the table consists of the following dishes:

    The main course:

  • Sea Scallops in garlic-hollandaise sauce & fresh chive garnish.
  • Angus Prime Rib - with Ruby Port Au Jus and Horseradish Sauce.
  • Honey Baked Ham - with Cranberry Cornbread dressing
  • Pork Loin - topped with Demi-Sauce and accompanied with Cranberry Cornbread Dressing

    --
    The salad:

  • Wild Greens with Sugared Walnuts and Bleu Cheese.

    --
    And the side dish:

  • Penne Pasta - garlic cream, fresh basil and Parmesan Cheese

    --
    The choices of drinks are:

  • Red Elven wine
  • Beer. But the bear is what attracts attention. The beer has a sweet, rich, chocolatey aroma. Lots of toasted, malty characters on the palate. Dry, Smokey, crisp and bracing, nutty and enjoyable. Bitterness in the finish. The meal, there’s no comparison with the one you eat at the baron house, but even then, it is well prepared and has a rich taste.

”I know you must be curious of this whole endeavor, but first let’s feast and enjoy.” you host says commencing the banquet for four.


Cecelia:

The gentle smile never leaves the man face as he answers gently brushing aside your questions.
”There’ll be time later for question, and all the answers you might want.” The man pours hot tea in the cup, and carefully cut a piece of cheese and bread placing it on a platter, alongside a fine cut of beef.

With a swift movement, he places the platter and the tea on your side of the makeshift table and starts the process again.

”My name is Andrastus Thorn.” he says while pouring the tea in a new cup, when the process is finished, he continues ”I was once a Cardinal of Mitra.” he starts cutting a piece of bread and cheese ”And for serving the sun god, the burning pyre was my reward.”

He then proceeds to cut a piece of the salmon ”It burned for three days and nights.” he stops the what he was doing and looks away, towards the window, as if remembering something from long time ago. ”I prayed to Mitra for forgiveness, I promised my soul for redemption, but when I promised revenge, the Dark Father heard my pleas.” he puts his breakfast in front of him and then starts to eat slowly.

The cardinal looks directly into your eyes and says ”That’s what the Prince of Darkness is offering you; a chance at revenge, a chance for justice, a place to belong and a cause that matters.”
I would have liked to be more subtle with this scene, but it’ll take loads of time to set the right mood.


Cecelia:

Startled, you wake up on an unfamiliar bed. For a brief moment, you forgot the events of the last night and looking around wildly the richly decorated room brought no memories of what might have happened. The clear and warming sunlight shone directly on the window near the bed, its light illuminating the entire bedroom.

Still in the bed, your attention is dragged away from the window. A familiar sent of fresh baked tea, small conversation noises and looking towards the source, near your bed, the remains empty, but the leather-upholstered ottomans are currently being used as a makeshift table. On said table, a simple, but yet elegant set of silvery platters arranged and filled with a variety of bread and cheese, smoked salmon, beef, tea and milk. The table is set for two.

After scanning the table, you inevitably gaze on the devilishly handsome fellow, dressed in simple yet elegant priesthood cloths sitting on the rectangular ottoman bench. You immediately recognize the man clothing as high priest attire, but you see none of the rich and superfluous decoration that Mitran Cardinals and High Priest uses. The impression you get is that man was didn’t care about his social standing, only to serve his god. And then, the inverted red pentagram of Asmodeus displayed prominently on his chest. Standing beside him, you see the same green-eyed woman; the hauntingly beautiful woman now in an elegant black dress. Now, seeing her for the first time in daylight, her hair is so platinum as to almost be white and her eyes are a vibrant almost unearthly green.

And as soon you look upon the duo, the man turns to you smiling openly and the woman turns in her heels, walking towards the door.

”Welcome to my house.” he says with a pleasant voice. ”I took the liberty of preparing your breakfast.” he says pointing to the table in front of him. ”It would be my utmost pleasure if you allowed me the grace of joining you.”


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Tiadora leads you to a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

“I have brought you here for a reason. My name is Cardinal Adrastus Thorn. I am the last high priest of Asmodeus left on the island of Talingarde. Once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”
“For their blasphemy, I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found them in you?”
He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Join me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you prince of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”
“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbingers of war. What say you? Will you swear your allegiance or will you burn with the rest of the blind fools?”

==/==

Opening recruitment for two maybe three more villains for Call Forth Darkness!

Current party setup is:
Hound - Barbarian
Mysty – Rogue/Sorcerer
Nahia – Witch

==//==

Creation rules:
Level: 7.
Starting wealth: 17k, you can’t use more than half in a single item. No pre-game crafting.
Alignment: LE, even if you class say you can’t be LE, I’m allowing it.
Traits: 2
Drawbacks: Nops!
Banned classes: Samurai, Ninjas, Gunslingers, Paladins.
Abilities Score: Focus and Foible or 25pt. You can roll for F&F, if you don’t like your rolls, you can change for 25pt buy.
Multiclass: Allowed, one extra class.
Archetypes: Allowed, only one per class.
Prestige classes:Allowed, as long your background history cover it.
Background: Why are you evil? What have you done to attract the Cardinal attention, and motivate him into inviting you to join his plans? Don’t need to be necessarily big, but well written and concise backgrounds are a boost.
Motivation: Why do you what you do?
Personality: You character at first glance.
Metal Abilities Score: Dumping mental scores is fine, as long you don’t put int/wis/cha 8 or less and RP your char as the most smart/wise/charismatic person in the party. If you want to dump any ability, be prepared to RP it.
Posting Examples: Select from your previous game one RP example and one Combat example that you like and link it with your application.
Skill Points: You have two extra skill points per level.
Sourcebooks: Anything on Paizo PRD is fine, except for Mythic Adventures, and Technology Guide. If you want to use anything else outside PRD, you’ll need to talk to me first. Summoners must use the unchained version.
3rd Party: Maybe, the party members will have the final saying if they want it or not. If they accept and you get chosen, you must be willing to share the sourcebook for reference.
Posting Rate:1/day posting rate is the minimum required, with the weekends free.

==//==

Things you should know about the game:
House rules: We use a few house rules, most of them concerning out of combat rolls. Outside combat, you don’t need to roll knowledge if you have the skill, with enough research time, you can get the info needed.
Outside combat players don’t roll for: Perception, Bluff, Intimidate, Sense Motive, Disable device or Diplomacy. You simply post your RP and you might gain bonus or penalties based on it.

While in combat: All rolls are open.

Combat:
I don’t do random encounters. All combats have, some extent, a history behind it. Combats are brutal (even though until now I haven’t killed anyone, sniff);
Enemies although strong, are not machines designed sorely to kill the players, they have their own agenda, they make mistakes, the make bad decisions, they act irrational given the circumstance.

Gear:
When creating your character, all things must be from the allowed source books (paizo/prd), after the game starts, everything is free as long it’s obtained inside the game.

==//==

How to get chosen: Well-rounded characters are a plus, must enjoy RP as well combat. I’ll consult the current players over the app and see what they think it would be best for the party. From the current setup, we have a human barbarian, a changeling witch and a Halfling rogue/sorcerer.

How to not get chosen:
Min-maxers, optimizers, rule-benders and one-week-posting-rate players, one-line posters will not be considered.
I don’t mind well-crafted and concise characters. However, if you want to optimize you char, your background should be above average and explain those optimizations.

Last reminders:

Don’t create an alias for this recruitment; you may post your application in RP format, and you may RP with other applicants to get a feel of your character; role playing can be used to demonstrate your writing style and help bring out some character potential; RP is not mandatory and everyone, even if not RP will be considered.

Do not create a character sorely for combat, you will not do well, this is a fair advice from the DM.
Leadership feat is allowed, but it works differently, instead of getting followers, you get an organization. If you have interest in taking the feat, talk with me and I’ll give you more details about it.

Recruitment will be open until: April, 28. Results posted on April, 29.

Any questions, drop me a line.


@Zoé

After you sign, the Cardinal does the same. He keeps one of the copies and gives you the other. ”Stay in the manor and be ready to travel at anytime. Tiadora will come for you when the time is right.”


@Cedric/Sebastian

During the night the Cardinal performs an infernal ritual involving blood and fire. During the ritual he summons forth a barbed devil and offers to it one of the slaves. The devil gleeful rips the slave apart and feasts on the blood. Adrastus then draws forth some of the devil’s blood with a silver athame. Adrastus traces the unholy symbol of Asmodeus on the forehead of each you in the mingled blood of devil and sacrifice.

After the ritual, he proclaims ”You are ready. Stay in the manor, in the coming days, Tiadora will take you to meet your new brothers; you are to assist them in accomplishing their mission.” it’s all he says, before leaving.

For the next following days, you see no sign of the master or Tiadora…


@Zoé

Cardinal Thorn smiles. “Excellent. Let us make it official. Signing in blood is traditional.”

He brings out a quill, a silver ritual knife and two copies of a contract written on some unidentifiable leather (flayed lemure skin) and written in dark red ink (powdered garnet mixed with animal blood) – the Pact of Thorns

The contract reads:

Behold on this day oathday, 13 of Arodus in the eighth age of this world a perpetual Compact is made between Cardinal Adrastus Thorn (hereafter the Master) and those who would be bound to him as his acolytes (hereafter the Bound). Both the Master and the Bound shall hold fast and true to this Compact through all trial and tribulation. By blood and soul the Bound commit to the Compact and swear that it shall never be undone. The Bound shall know and understand the Four Loyalties.

The First Loyalty is to their patron and god – mighty Asmodeus, first among the fallen, prince of the nine hells, our father below. They shall do all that can be done to further his worship and his glory.

The Second Loyalty is to their master – He who is called the Cardinal Adrastus Thorn, High Priest of Asmodeus in Talingarde. They shall do the Master no harm and obey his every commandment as long as those commandments do not clash with their First Loyalty.

The Third Loyalty is to their companions – the other Bound who serve alongside them. The Bound shall deal with each other fairly and honorably as long as doing so does not clash with their first or second loyalties. All treasure, wealth and reward garnered in their exploits will be equally shared with all of the Bound who aided in its acquisition.

The Fourth Loyalty is to themselves – for Asmodeus is the Lord of Ambition and all who serve him should strive to become great and powerful in his service as long as doing so does not clash with their first, second or third loyalties. By their weakness, ye shall know the unworthy.

The Bound swear that they cleave to and uphold the Four Loyalties even in the face of death and damnation.

The Master swears that as long as the Four Loyalties are upheld, he shall reward the Bound as they deserve for their deeds.
Thus it is written, and thus it shall be.

We being of sound mind and free will do so swear and let they who violates this Compact know all the wrath of Hell unending.
Signed,
___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________


@Sebastian

”They are who they need to be. Once you sign it, you’ll receive your mission and know who your peers are.” the Cardinal answers.

From your own knowledge about contracts, the contract before you isn’t something to be taken lightly. But as long you hold steady on the contract, you are both protected and linked to the master.


@Zoé

It has been some months you are working with the Cardinal, but never once you felt as if you belonged in his plans. The only thing you know are scraps from rumors you hear. Adrastus is not always present, neither is Tiadora. Sometimes, you are alone with the slaves for weeks, before seeing any of them.

You had just left your private studio, after meditating and praying to the Dark Prince when Tiadora call you. ”The master commands you to appear before him.” She leads you into a private study; a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

“I have brought you here for a reason Zoé. You asked me many times to use you in our god’s plan.”

“As you know, once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”

“For their blasphemy, I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I’ve already started, but I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found it in you?”

He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Swear loyalty to me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you princess of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”

“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbinger of war. What say you?”


@Cedric/Sebastian

Cardinal Thorn smiles. “Excellent. Let us make it official. Signing in blood is traditional.”

He brings out a quill, a silver ritual knife and two copies of a contract written on some unidentifiable leather (flayed lemure skin) and written in dark red ink (powdered garnet mixed with animal blood) – the Pact of Thorns

"Sebastian, you have served me faithfully, you are to sign it was well. For you cannot know my plans without being bound by them."

The contract reads:

Behold on this day oathday, 13 of Arodus in the eighth age of this world a perpetual Compact is made between Cardinal Adrastus Thorn (hereafter the Master) and those who would be bound to him as his acolytes (hereafter the Bound). Both the Master and the Bound shall hold fast and true to this Compact through all trial and tribulation. By blood and soul the Bound commit to the Compact and swear that it shall never be undone. The Bound shall know and understand the Four Loyalties.

The First Loyalty is to their patron and god – mighty Asmodeus, first among the fallen, prince of the nine hells, our father below. They shall do all that can be done to further his worship and his glory.

The Second Loyalty is to their master – He who is called the Cardinal Adrastus Thorn, High Priest of Asmodeus in Talingarde. They shall do the Master no harm and obey his every commandment as long as those commandments do not clash with their First Loyalty.

The Third Loyalty is to their companions – the other Bound who serve alongside them. The Bound shall deal with each other fairly and honorably as long as doing so does not clash with their first or second loyalties. All treasure, wealth and reward garnered in their exploits will be equally shared with all of the Bound who aided in its acquisition.

The Fourth Loyalty is to themselves – for Asmodeus is the Lord of Ambition and all who serve him should strive to become great and powerful in his service as long as doing so does not clash with their first, second or third loyalties. By their weakness, ye shall know the unworthy.

The Bound swear that they cleave to and uphold the Four Loyalties even in the face of death and damnation.

The Master swears that as long as the Four Loyalties are upheld, he shall reward the Bound as they deserve for their deeds.

Thus it is written, and thus it shall be.

We being of sound mind and free will do so swear and let they who violates this Compact know all the wrath of Hell unending.

Signed,

___________________________________
___________________________________
___________________________________


@Sebastian/Cedric

After taking your time, cleaning and eating or even in bedplay, you put your new clothes, fit for nobility, and cut in your exact size. You then think you are ready to meet the ‘master’. You go to the mess hall and there, Tiadora is waiting for you, after both get to the mess hall, she leads you into a private study; a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

In the beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

He nods to Sebastian, indicating he should wait while business is finished with Cedric.

“I have brought you here for a reason. My name is Cardinal Adrastus Thorn. I am the last high priest of Asmodeus left on the island of Talingarde. Once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”

“For their blasphemy, I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found them in you?”

He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Join me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you prince of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”

“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbingers of war. What say you? Will you swear your allegiance or will you burn with the rest of the blind fools?”


Tiadora leads you to a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

“I have brought you here for a reason. My name is Cardinal Adrastus Thorn. I am the last high priest of Asmodeus left on the island of Talingarde. Once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”
“For their blasphemy, I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found them in you?”
He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Join me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you prince of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”
“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbingers of war. What say you? Will you swear your allegiance or will you burn with the rest of the blind fools?”

==/==

Opening recruitment for two more villain for Call Forth Darkness!

Current party setup is:
Johan Hale - Inquisitor
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa - Conjurer
Eldred Crofter – Ranger

==//==

Creation rules:
Level: 7.
Starting wealth: 17k, you can’t use more than half in a single item. No pre-game crafting.
Alignment: LE, even if you class say you can’t be LE, I’m allowing it.
Traits: 2
Drawbacks: Nops!
Banned classes: Samurai, Ninjas, Summoners, Gunslingers, Paladins
Abilities Score: Focus and Foible or 25pt. You can roll for F&F, if you don’t like your rolls, you can change for 25pt buy.
Multiclass: Allowed, one extra class.
Archetypes: Allowed, only one per class.
Prestige classes:Allowed, as long your background history cover it.
Background: Why are you evil? What have you done to attract the Cardinal attention, and motivate him into inviting you to join his plans? Don’t need to be necessarily big, but well written and concise backgrounds are a boost.
Motivation: Why do you what you do?
Personality: You character at first glance.
Metal Abilities Score: Dumping mental scores is fine, as long you don’t put int/wis/cha 8 or less and RP your char as the most smart/wise/charismatic person in the party. If you want to dump any ability, be prepared to RP it.
Skill Points: You have two extra skill points per level.
Sourcebooks: Anything on Paizo PRD is fine, except for Mythic Adventures, and Technology Guide. If you want to use anything else outside PRD, you’ll need to talk to me first.
3rd Party: Maybe, the party members will have the final saying if they want it or not. If they accept and you get chosen, you must be willing to share the sourcebook for reference.
Posting Rate: We usually post more than once a day. Because of that, 1/day posting rate is the minimum required, with the weekends free.

==//==

How to get chosen: I’ll consult the current players over the app and see what they think it would be best for the party. From the current setup, we have a Inquisitor in fullplate, the urban ranger focused in ranged combat and acting as party scout and rogue, and lastly the mage, partial battlefield controller, wannabe devilbinder.
I’ve already talked with them, and they don’t want any competition in party roles. That means: Inquisitors, Rangers, mages have less change of being selected. Of course that if you have a strong concept, this may change.

How to not get chosen:
Min-maxers, optimizers, rule-benders and one-week-posting-rate players, one-line posters will not be considered.
I don’t mind well-crafted and concise characters. However, if you want to optimize you char, your background should be above average and explain those optimizations.

Last reminders:
Don’t create an alias for this recruitment, you may if you so desire, post your application in RP format, and you may RP with other applicants to get a feel of your character. Role playing does not change your chance of getting selected.
Do not create a character sorely for combat, you will not do well, this is a fair advice from the DM.
Leadership feat is allowed, but it works differently, instead of getting followers, you get an organization. If you have interest in taking the feat, talk with me and I’ll give you more details about it.

Recruitment will be open until Friday, April 24. Results will be posted on Saturday.
Any question, drop me a line. :)


After your successful job at the watchtower, and the boat trip with Tiadora, the Cardinal gives your next mission:

The Cardinal, a devilishly handsome man clad in black and burgundy robes. He wears black gloves and openly displays his silver unholy symbol of the Lord of Hell. He sports a wicked and knowing grin.
He greets his knot and is quickly to business: “You have served me faithfully, my ninth knot, and I have rewarded you both in treasure and vengeance. Thanks to your efforts, the Fire-Axe has been unleashed. Even now he writes his name in blood across the Borderlands."

“Three battles have been fought and three victories won. The villages of Ambryl and Tarrington Fields lie sacked. The fortress of Lorringsgate is in ruins. Each of you did your part in seeing these triumphs come to fruition. Do not think I have forgotten that."

“But our work is not yet done. Talingarde has not yet acquiesced to our unholy master nor tasted the full measure of our vengeance. So I have another mission for you. Tomorrow this barge will dock in Farholde, the northernmost town in the entire realm. Farholde is a backwater of no real significance. Its lord has already left the place hoping for glory in the war. But it does border the Caer Bryr, the largest unmapped forest on the entire island."

“Hidden within the Caer Bryr is the Horn of Abaddon, an ancient temple once occupied by a particularly loathsome death cult called ‘The Sons of the Pale Horseman’. Almost eighty years ago the first Darian king, Markadian I called the Victorious overthrew the Horn and destroyed the Sons. No great loss, honestly."

“But what the Victor found within the temple is why we are here. He defeated a daemon prince called Vetra-Kali Eats-the-Eyes. So terrified of this monstrosity was the king, that he had the priests of Mitra craft a great silver seal to forever forbid the daemon from returning to our plane of existence. The seal remains to this day."

“I have learned the truth about this daemon prince. I have learned what the Victor feared. Vetra-Kali is an archdeacon in service to the lord of pestilence. This immortal monster could create a plague so virulent that it will bring Talingarde to its knees."

“When the Victor attacked, the Daemon Prince was close to unleashing his masterpiece upon the world -- a pestilence known as the Tears of Achlys . I am uncertain of the specifics of this plague but if anything could terror in the heart of the Victor, then I want it. The Tears of Achlys will be our poisoned dagger into the heart of Talingarde."

“I already have agents in the great cities of this kingdom. With this pestilence, they could deliver blight and death to the very center of the realm. Caught between the twin storms of the Fire-Axe and Vetra-Kali’s gift, we shall bring ruin to Talingarde. This gift you shall bring to me."

“It will not be easy. I have already lost one band of followers on this errand. I sent the fourth knot to find the Horn of Abaddon. They succeeded at that at least – revealing to me that it was concealed within a great spire of stone less than a day’s ride from Farholde."

“But then they vanished. I have heard no more from the elven ranger Aiden Kael since. He knew the Caer Bryr well so no normal hazard would defeat him. Perhaps the Horn of Abaddon is guarded. I cannot say. But it matters not! The Tears of Achlys must be mine!"

“I am undeterred by this setback. Where one knot failed, two will succeed. I will also send my seventh knot – the Knot Hibernal led by Elise Zadaria. I task you with finding the Horn and calling forth Vetra-Kali. Elise and her knot will aid you. Elise proved herself a capable assassin in our last venture. The seventh knot will remain in Farholde and see that anyone who tries to find the Horn and interfere with your work meets an unhappy end. Thus, you will have time to do what must be done."

“There is another who may be able to aid you. Once a thriving cult of Asmodeus existed in Farholde. It was led by a half-elvish noble – the Baron Arkov Vandermir. He is treacherous and decadent, but wealthy and well-connected. Tiadora will introduce you before she departs."

“I know not what aid the Baron can provide, but his family is old and long has dwelt in Farholde. Never trust him but know this – he’s afraid of me and with good reason. If he does try anything remind him that you are in Farholde on my behalf. That should keep him in line."

“Find the Horn. Find the seal and shatter it. Call Vetra-Kali back to our world. Bind him to your will and force service from the monster. And then bring his gift to me. Can you do this, my knot? Have I found servants with might and will enough to see this task done?”

You ask any question you see fit, and lastly the master gives you one last reminder.

"The seal is a powerful Mitran artifact. The Victor himself consecrated the blasted thing by praying and fasting for seven days over it, or so the story goes. Whatever the truth, it is certainly a powerful artifact of Asmodeus’ most bitter enemy. Find a way to shatter it! I care not what it involves or how long it takes! Break the seal!"

Then he continues to the rest to the knot “There is one more thing you need to know. A gnome and a tiefling, are waiting for you at Farhold. They’ll stay at The Auld Briarhall inn. I've instructed them to keep their Iron Circlet in its original form, so you can recognize them. I know not what alias they’ll be using. Argan, it's your task to observe them, and test them. See if they have the right set of mind to join us!" he get up and walks over to Argan and hands him another clay seal marked with the unholy symbol of Asmodeus."If you recover the Tears or need to report anything to me, break this seal. I will send Tiadora to wherever you break it within an hour or two. Now go with the blessings of the Prince of Hell and see this mission done!"


Earlier - Nahia:
”Nahia” says the Cardinal with a paternal tone ”I know something else is concerning you this night. You don’t need to thank me, your actions and deeds already does that to you.” and then with a caring voice he adds ”What troubles you this day?”


To Seren the cardinal says "The seal is a powerful Mitran artifact. The Victor himself consecrated the blasted thing by praying and fasting for seven days over it, or so the story goes. Whatever the truth, it is certainly a powerful artifact of Asmodeus’ most bitter enemy. Find a way to shatter it! I care not what it involves or how long it takes! Break the seal!"

Then he continues to the rest to the knot "If you recover the Tears or need to report anything to me, break the seal. I will send Tiadora to wherever you break it within an hour or two. Now go with the blessings of the Prince of Hell and see this mission done!"


Hound:

He awards you the title of the member Nessian Knot in an infernal ritual involving blood and fire. During the ritual he summons forth a barbed devil and offers to it the crew of your choosing. The devil gleeful rips the sailor apart and feasts on the blood. Adrastus then draws forth some of the devil’s blood with a silver athame. The Cardinal traces the unholy symbol of Asmodeus your forehead in the mingled blood of devil and sacrifice.
Then he says "The knot already has your next instructions, consult with them."

You can ask questions if you wanted, but not related to the next task, because technically you don't know what you'll be doing.


Hound:

When the you return, Cardinal Thorn smiles. “Excellent. Let us make it official. Signing in blood is traditional.”

He brings out a quill, a silver ritual knife and two copies of a contract written on some unidentifiable leather and written in dark red ink – the Pact of Thorns
It reads:

Behold on this day Oathday, Calistril in the eighth age of this world a perpetual Compact is made between Cardinal Adrastus Thorn (hereafter the Master) and those who would be bound to him as his acolytes (hereafter the Bound). Both the Master and the Bound shall hold fast and true to this Compact through all trial and tribulation. By blood and soul the Bound commit to the Compact and swear that it shall never be undone. The Bound shall know and understand the Four Loyalties.

The First Loyalty is to their patron and god – mighty Asmodeus, first among the fallen, prince of the nine hells, our father below. They shall do all that can be done to further his worship and his glory.

The Second Loyalty is to their master – He who is called the Cardinal Adrastus Thorn, High Priest of Asmodeus in Talingarde. They shall do the Master no harm and obey his every commandment as long as those commandments do not clash with their First Loyalty.

The Third Loyalty is to their companions – the other Bound who serve alongside them. The Bound shall deal with each other fairly and honorably as long as doing so does not clash with their first or second loyalties. All treasure, wealth and reward garnered in their exploits will be equally shared with all of the Bound who aided in its acquisition.

The Fourth Loyalty is to themselves – for Asmodeus is the Lord of Ambition and all who serve him should strive to become great and powerful in his service as long as doing so does not clash with their first, second or third loyalties. By their weakness, ye shall know the unworthy.

The Bound swear that they cleave to and uphold the Four Loyalties even in the face of death and damnation.

The Master swears that as long as the Four Loyalties are upheld, he shall reward the Bound as they deserve for their deeds.

Thus it is written, and thus it shall be.

We being of sound mind and free will do so swear and let they who violates this Compact know all the wrath of Hell nending.
Signed,

There are some names in it already:
Nahia, Seren, Eldred, Zerik, Rose, Mysty, Fausto, Sourat


”What happened to Fausto and Sourat? And what of the other you brought with you?”

Then to Nahia's question he answer "They are still part of the Ninth, just with other tasks."


Hound:

The Cardinal keeps an impassive face as he tells you ”Able hands are needed. Go outside and fetch one of the crew.”


"I don't think you'll need their help to accomplish this, but if it is indispensable, I can send them to help you." They are available as cohorts.


"As far the rumors goes, every expedition to map the place, never returned. The locals fear the place and it’s histories." then he ponders a bit before continuing ”I trust you are capable of doing this. Haven’t you been chosen by the dark prince?” he hands over to Nahia, another clay seal, similar to the one you used after Balentyne fell. ”If you recover the Tears or need to report anything to me, break this seal. I will send Tiadora to wherever you break it within an hour or two.”


Hound, let's move you part inside a spoiler, so no one need to be waiting for the other.

Hound:
After some time, you see the others leaving the cabin.
Tiadora then approaches you and says. "The master will see you now, dearest."

The Cardinal, a devilishly handsome man clad in black and burgundy robes. He wears black gloves and openly displays his silver unholy symbol of the Lord of Hell.
He looks at you as you enter and greets you.

"Welcome Hound. It's a rather good surprise, to see you found Rose after all the trouble you had. My Knot told how you helped them into accomplishing their objectives." he nods in your direction "What do you seek now?"


"Caer Bryr is the largest unmapped forest on the entire island. So no, I can't provide you with any map. As for Farhold, you might find one once you are in the city."


"I have no idea. But I have confidence you can discern what must be done. Let nothing stand in your way!"


"I can only assume they abandoned their mission or failed at it miserably. Either crime is sufficient to warrant their destruction! You are the instruments of my vengeance and are to deliver their reward, as befitting to the weak, and kill each and everyone of them." the cardinal says casually at Mysty question.


The Cardinal, a devilishly handsome man clad in black and burgundy robes. He wears black gloves and openly displays his silver unholy symbol of the Lord of Hell. He sports a wicked and knowing grin.

He greets his knot and is quickly to business: “You have served me faithfully, my ninth knot, and I have rewarded you both in treasure and vengeance. Thanks to your efforts, the Fire-Axe has been unleashed. Even now he writes his name in blood across the Borderlands."

“Three battles have been fought and three victories won. The villages of Ambryl and Tarrington Fields lie sacked. The fortress of Lorringsgate is in ruins. Each of you did your part in seeing these triumphs come to fruition. Do not think I have forgotten that."

“But our work is not yet done. Talingarde has not yet acquiesced to our unholy master nor tasted the full measure of our vengeance. So I have another mission for you. Tomorrow this barge will dock in Farholde, the northernmost town in the entire realm. Farholde is a backwater of no real significance. Its lord has already left the place hoping for glory in the war. But it does border the Caer Bryr, the largest unmapped forest on the entire island."

“Hidden within the Caer Bryr is the Horn of Abaddon, an ancient temple once occupied by a particularly loathsome death cult called ‘The Sons of the Pale Horseman’. Almost eighty years ago the first Darian king, Markadian I called the Victorious overthrew the Horn and destroyed the Sons. No great loss, honestly."

“But what the Victor found within the temple is why we are here. He defeated a daemon prince called Vetra-Kali Eats-the-Eyes. So terrified of this monstrosity was the king, that he had the priests of Mitra craft a great silver seal to forever forbid the daemon from returning to our plane of existence. The seal remains to this day."

“I have learned the truth about this daemon prince. I have learned what the Victor feared. Vetra-Kali is an archdeacon in service to the lord of pestilence. This immortal monster could create a plague so virulent that it will bring Talingarde to its knees."

“When the Victor attacked, the Daemon Prince was close to unleashing his masterpiece upon the world -- a pestilence known as the Tears of Achlys . I am uncertain of the specifics of this plague but if anything could terror in the heart of the Victor, then I want it. The Tears of Achlys will be our poisoned dagger into the heart of Talingarde."

“I already have agents in the great cities of this kingdom. With this pestilence, they could deliver blight and death to the very center of the realm. Caught between the twin storms of the Fire-Axe and Vetra-Kali’s gift, we shall bring ruin to Talingarde. This gift you shall bring to me."

“It will not be easy. I have already lost one band of followers on this errand. I sent the fourth knot to find the Horn of Abaddon. They succeeded at that at least – revealing to me that it was concealed within a great spire of stone less than a day’s ride from Farholde."

“But then they vanished. I have heard no more from the elven ranger Aiden Kael since. He knew the Caer Bryr well so no normal hazard would defeat him. Perhaps the Horn of Abaddon is guarded. I cannot say. But it matters not! The Tears of Achlys must be mine!"

“I am undeterred by this setback. Where one knot failed, two will succeed. I will also send my seventh knot – the Knot Hibernal led by Elise Zadaria. I task you with finding the Horn and calling forth Vetra-Kali. Elise and her knot will aid you. Elise proved herself a capable assassin in our last venture. The seventh knot will remain in Farholde and see that anyone who tries to find the Horn and interfere with your work meets an unhappy end. Thus, you will have time to do what must be done."

“There is another who may be able to aid you. Once a thriving cult of Asmodeus existed in Farholde. It was led by a half-elvish noble – the Baron Arkov Vandermir. He is treacherous and decadent, but wealthy and well-connected. Tiadora will introduce you before she departs."

“I know not what aid the Baron can provide, but his family is old and long has dwelt in Farholde. Never trust him but know this – he’s afraid of me and with good reason. If he does try anything remind him that you are in Farholde on my behalf. That should keep him in line."

“Find the Horn. Find the seal and shatter it. Call Vetra-Kali back to our world. Bind him to your will and force service from the monster. And then bring his gift to me. Can you do this, my knot? Have I found servants with might and will enough to see this task done?”


Wodin:

“Well done. Your first command: prepare yourself. Stay within the manor. You are still hunted by the Talirean soldiery. In three days we will move with our plans.” says the cardinal.

When you return to your room, you find in your bed an Iron Circlet.
Iron Circlet
Aura faint illusion; CL 1 st
Slot head; Price 1,800 gp; Weight –
DESCRIPTION
This circlet of wrought iron alters itself to comfortably fit any wearer. It allows the wearer to alter their appearance as with a disguise self spell. As part of the disguise, the circlet can be changed to appear as any sort of hat, headgear, or hairstyle the wearer desires.
CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, disguise self; Cost 900 gp

And a silver holy symbol of Asmodeus.
Please, describe what you’ll do in those three days.

After the time has passed, the cardinal summons you again:
”My knot is getting ready for it’s next mission. They’ve done much, but it’s still not enough. Your mission is to assist them. Tiadora will take you to Farhold. You are to wait, keeping your circlet in its original design, in the Auld Briarhall inn. There, someone will contact you.”
After that, Tiadora teleports you near the town.


Wodin:
At last Tiadora leads you to a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter. “Well done! Escaping prison! Of course, you had help from the outside,” he says with a wicked smile.

“But enough with the pleasantries. You must be curious why I’ve helped you. Rest assured this is no random act of altruism. I have brought you here for a reason. My name is Cardinal Adrastus Thorn. I am the last high priest of Asmodeus left on the island of Talingarde. Once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”

“For their blasphemy, I will see the same people who imprisoned you suffer. I understand what you went through for I have faced it myself.” With that, he pulls down the sleeve of his robe and reveals his own runic ‘F’ brand. “I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found it in you?”

He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Join me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you prince of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”

“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbingers of war. What say you? Will you swear your allegiance or will you burn with the rest of the blind fools?”


"There are one more thing you need to know. There's a dwarf, waiting for you at Farhold. He'll stay at The Auld Briarhall inn. I've instructed him to keep his Iron Circlet in it's original form, so you can recognize him. I know not what alias he'll be using. Johan, it's your task to observe him, and test him. See if he has the right set of mind to join us!" he get up and walks over to Johan and hands him another clay seal marked with the unholy symbol of Asmodeus. "If you recover the Tears or need to report anything to me, break this seal. I will send Tiadora to wherever you break it within an hour or two. Now go with the blessings of the Prince of Hell and see this mission done!"
As you lave the cabin, you think you see the cardinal looking at the Havelyn bible direction, but you can't be sure.


”Don’t let you mind Wander! Focus on the task at hand; let nothing and no one get in your way!” says the cardinal as Eldred further inquire of his plans.


In meantime, Eldred asks the Cardinal.
Master, a shared wine if you would permit will be an honor.
I have many questions, some of which you may even answer....
Could you share with me the frame work of your plan for the capitals overthrow and operations in the capital? I have colleagues who would follow my lead and work to further your plan.
I am curious as well as to our knots anticipated role beyond our current mission.

The master smiles at your proposal, and some moments later, Tiadora enters the cabin, followed by some sailors bringing wine. It’s served among yourself, as the cardinal toast in Asmodeus honor.

The Knot of Thorns, consists of nine cells of conspirators - or ‘knots‘ - one for each circle of Hell." he says.

"1st Knot -- Avernian Knot. This is the knot of Sakkarot Fire-Axe and his retinue of bugbear barbarians. And they are the ones that will burn Talingard."

"3rd Knot -- Erebian Knot
This knot is a band of assassins intended to kill the royal family when the war begins in order to increase chaos."

4th Knot -- Phlegethian Knot
This knot is a group of scouts sent to locate the lost daemonic temple -- The Horn of Abaddon. Though they located the temple, no more communication was made, I can only assume they abandoned their mission or failed at it miserably. Either crime is sufficient to warrant their destruction!”

"7th Knot -- Cocytian Knot
Conducted assassinations of key military leaders ensuring that the Talirean response to the bugbear invasion was sluggish and ineffective. They will now help you in your next task."

"The others, you'll know when the time is right. he says.

”After you bring me the plague, I’ll see it to be unleashed in every major city. Your next task will be the purge of The Blessed Order of St. Macarius. Troubled by plague, and with their clerical support gone, Talingarde can only fall in despair.” he finishes. Stop asking for spoilers of the other books! :D


Sidious:

He awards you the title of the member Nessian Knot in an infernal ritual involving blood and fire. During the ritual he summons forth a barbed devil and offers to it the crew of your choosing. The devil gleeful rips the sailor apart and feasts on the blood. Adrastus then draws forth some of the devil’s blood with a silver athame. Adrastus traces the unholy symbol of Asmodeus on Sidious forehead in the mingled blood of devil and sacrifice.
As to your question he says "Johan has your next instructions, consult with him."
Same thing as the others, questions?


"No idea." the cardinal says when Johan asks how to acomplish the task. "But I have confidence you can discern what must be done. Let nothing stand in your way!" then he continues "The seal is a powerful Mitran artifact. The Victor himself consecrated the blasted thing by praying and fasting for seven days over it, or so the story goes. Whatever the truth, it is certainly a powerful artifact of Asmodeus’ most bitter enemy. Find a way to shatter it! I care not what it involves or how long it takes! Break the seal!"


Sidious:

When the you return, Cardinal Thorn smiles. “Excellent. Let us make it official. Signing in blood is traditional.”

He brings out a quill, a silver ritual knife and two copies of a contract written on some unidentifiable leather and written in dark red ink – the Pact of Thorns

It reads:

Behold on this day Oathday, Calistril in the eighth age of this world a perpetual Compact is made between Cardinal Adrastus Thorn (hereafter the Master) and those who would be bound to him as his acolytes (hereafter the Bound). Both the Master and the Bound shall hold fast and true to this Compact through all trial and tribulation. By blood and soul the Bound commit to the Compact and swear that it shall never be undone. The Bound shall know and understand the Four Loyalties.
The First Loyalty is to their patron and god – mighty Asmodeus, first among the fallen, prince of the nine hells, our father below. They shall do all that can be done to further his worship and his glory.
The Second Loyalty is to their master – He who is called the Cardinal Adrastus Thorn, High Priest of Asmodeus in Talingarde. They shall do the Master no harm and obey his every commandment as long as those commandments do not clash with their First Loyalty.
The Third Loyalty is to their companions – the other Bound who serve alongside them. The Bound shall deal with each other fairly and honorably as long as doing so does not clash with their first or second loyalties. All treasure, wealth and reward garnered in their exploits will be equally shared with all of the Bound who aided in its acquisition.
The Fourth Loyalty is to themselves – for Asmodeus is the Lord of Ambition and all who serve him should strive to become great and powerful in his service as long as doing so does not clash with their first, second or third loyalties. By their weakness, ye shall know the unworthy.
The Bound swear that they cleave to and uphold the Four Loyalties even in the face of death and damnation.
The Master swears that as long as the Four Loyalties are upheld, he shall reward the Bound as they deserve for their deeds.
Thus it is written, and thus it shall be.
We being of sound mind and free will do so swear and let they who violates this Compact know all the wrath of Hell nending.
Signed,

There are some nones in it already:

Johan, Eldred, Agrippa, Fet, Malgrim and Damien.


Sidious:
The Cardinal stands from where he has been sitting looking at you, he waves one of his hands, as a burst of unholy power fills the entire cabin.
”Go outside, chose one of the crew as sacrifice.” he commands.


"I'm told, that Farhold has a thriving black market, in a district called Drownington or something like that. I'm sure there you'll be able to find what you need." says the Cardinal, to Eldred question.

Questions?


Sidious:

Let's move your part inside a spoiler, so we don't need any group waiting for another.

After some time, you see the others leaving the cabin.
Tiadora then approaches you and says. "The master will see you now, dearest."

The Cardinal, a devilishly handsome man clad in black and burgundy robes. He wears black gloves and openly displays his silver unholy symbol of the Lord of Hell.
He looks at you as you enter and greet you as a superior member of your order would greet someone beneath him.
"Welcome Sidious. It's a rather good surprise, to see another follower of our Dark Father. My Knot told how they saved you and in return you helped them into accomplishing their objectives." he nods in your direction "What do you seek now?"


"I see." says the cardinal simply.
To Agrippa question he says.
"Just take great care in what you say and what deal you make. Don't try to fool the a stronger demon, and force a service out of one at your own peril."
The master don't say anything more, but he don't dismiss you yet. What this means is: Do you want to ask any more questions?


"I'm sure by now, means to buy it, although you don't have how to buy it. Convey your request to Tiadora, provide her and she'll buy it for you." he says.

"Now, my servants" he says looking to Eldred and Johan "I'm already aware of Damien's betrayal, and you dealt with him as it should be, brief as his punishment was, I'm sure the Prince of Nessus will have a better welcoming for contract breakers such as him." then he continues "However, where is Malgrim? Where is Fet? And what about the one outside? Is he a tool or an ally?"
Mwuahaha, Sidious fate rest on you! xD


Agrippa, you own knowledge of this monster reveal only what the cardinal has already said.What he did not said is that Daemons are evil outsiders that eat souls and thrive on disaster and ruin. As demons, there are rumored to be immune to a lot of elemental hazards, and those they are not immune, they are resistant.
"Tell me, my servant, what is it that you seek?" the cardinal asks.


The Cardinal, a devilishly handsome man clad in black and burgundy robes. He wears black gloves and openly displays his silver unholy symbol of the Lord of Hell. He sports a wicked and knowing grin.
He greets his knot and is quickly to business: “You have served me faithfully, my ninth knot, and I have rewarded you both in treasure and vengeance. Thanks to your efforts, the Fire-Axe has been unleashed. Even now he writes his name in blood across the Borderlands."

“Three battles have been fought and three victories won. The villages of Ambryl and Tarrington Fields lie sacked. The fortress of Lorringsgate is in ruins. Each of you did your part in seeing these triumphs come to fruition. Do not think I have forgotten that."

“But our work is not yet done. Talingarde has not yet acquiesced to our unholy master nor tasted the full measure of our vengeance. So I have another mission for you. Tomorrow this barge will dock in Farholde, the northernmost town in all the realm. Farholde is a backwater of no real significance. Its lord has already left the place hoping for glory in the war. But it does border the Caer Bryr, the largest unmapped forest on the entire island."

“Hidden within the Caer Bryr is the Horn of Abaddon, an ancient temple once occupied by a particularly loathsome death cult called ‘The Sons of the Pale Horseman’. Almost eighty years ago the first Darian king, Markadian I called the Victorious overthrew the Horn and destroyed the Sons. No great loss, honestly."

“But what the Victor found within the temple is why we are here. He defeated a daemon prince called Vetra-Kali Eats-the-Eyes. So terrified of this monstrosity was the king, that he had the priests of Mitra craft a great silver seal to forever forbid the daemon from returning to our plane of existence. The seal remains to this day."

“I have learned the truth about this daemon prince. I have learned what the Victor feared. Vetra-Kali is an archdeacon in service to the lord of pestilence. This immortal monster could create a plague so virulent that it will bring Talingarde to its knees."

“When the Victor attacked, the Daemon Prince was close to unleashing his masterpiece upon the world -- a pestilence known as the Tears of Achlys . I am uncertain of the specifics of this plague but if anything could terror in the heart of the Victor, then I want it. The Tears of Achlys will be our poisoned dagger into the heart of Talingarde."

“I already have agents in the great cities of this kingdom. With this pestilence, they could deliver blight and death to the very center of the realm. Caught between the twin storms of the Fire-Axe and Vetra-Kali’s gift, we shall bring ruin to Talingarde. This gift you shall bring to me."

“It will not be easy. I have already lost one band of followers on this errand. I sent the fourth knot to find the Horn of Abaddon. They succeeded at that at least – revealing to me that it was concealed within a great spire of stone less than a day’s ride from Farholde."

“But then they vanished. I have heard no more from the elven ranger Aiden Kael since. He knew the Caer Bryr well so no normal hazard would defeat him. Perhaps the Horn of Abaddon is guarded. I cannot say. But it matters not! The Tears of Achlys must be mine!"

“I am undeterred by this setback. Where one knot failed, two will succeed. I will also send my seventh knot – the Knot Hibernal led by Elise Zadaria. I task you with finding the Horn and calling forth Vetra-Kali. Elise and her knot will aid you. Elise proved herself a capable assassin in our last venture. The seventh knot will remain in Farholde and see that anyone who tries to find the Horn and interfere with your work meets an unhappy end. Thus, you will have time to do what must be done."

“There is another who may be able to aid you. Once a thriving cult of Asmodeus existed in Farholde. It was led by a half-elvish noble – the Baron Arkov Vandermir. He is treacherous and decadent, but wealthy and well-connected. Tiadora will introduce you before she departs."

“I know not what aid the Baron can provide, but his family is old and long has dwelt in Farholde. Never trust him but know this – he’s afraid of me and with good reason. If he does try anything remind him that you are in Farholde on my behalf. That should keep him in line."

“Find the Horn. Find the seal and shatter it. Call Vetra-Kali back to our world. Bind him to your will and force service from the monster. And then bring his gift to me. Can you do this, my knot? Have I found servants with might and will enough to see this task done?”


Jarred Henninger wrote:

I would like to be a LE barbarian of asmodeus.

1d10 + 8 ⇒ (7) + 8 = 15
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 8 = 17
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (10) + 8 = 18
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 8 = 17

The cardinal smiles in at your fitting body and fast mind ”The Dark One has blessed you!” he proclaims.

That’s some nice rolls you got there! Focous and foible however you sum +7, and you must declare your Focus and Foible before rolling.

Here is the actual result:
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (7) + 7 = 14
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
1d10 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16

Focus and Foible:

Choose a Focus, an ability score at which you excel. You receive an 18 in that score. Choose a Foible, an ability score that is your weakness. You receive an 8 in that score.
The other four, roll 1d10+7 four times in order. There are no rerolls or moving of ability scores. Those are your other four scores.


"You must know our enemy! Tiadora will provide you with basic knowledge about them." says the cardinal.

Tiadora, a hauntingly beautiful woman in an elegant black dress, her hair is so platinum as to almost be white and her eyes are a vibrant almost unearthly green, hand over to you a parchment.

There you can read the following:

Talingard:
Integration into Pathfinder Setting

Deities All the deities from the Pathfinder setting all exist here with the addition of Mitra, a Lawful Good deity of Sun and Healing. Mitra is the primary deity in Talingarde with most chaotic and/or evil cults being driven into hiding or eliminated. Cults of Asmodeus, Norgorber, Urgathoa and Zon-Kuthon are especially rare, being driven almost to extinction.
Deities such as Torag (mostly worshiped by dwarves), nature deities such as Erastil & Gozreh (inhabitants of the Caer Bryr) and Abadar all have some limited followings.
Warlike deities (such as Gorum) are popular with the bugbear tribes north of the Watch Wall, although piety is rarely a noted quality of the goblinoids.
Mitra and Asmodeus are represented most prominently in the campaign however.

Location in Golarion For simplicity, Talingard (the isle) is located just north of the shattered isles of Azlant, west of northern Varisia.

Story of the Kingdom of Talingarde

Rise of House Darius Talingarde may be a peaceful and prosperous kingdom at the start of the campaign, but the nation has certainly had a troubled past. Only eighty years ago, the kingdom weathered a bitter war of succession fought between the largely half-elven nobility of House Barca and the human dynasty of House Darius. House Barca was infested by vampire-tainted bloodline, some of the eldest members being full vampires while their lesser progeny haunted the countryside. Asmodeus was their chosen god and power their only objective.
House Darius, on the other hand, were staunch supporters of the sun god, Mitra, and had fostered the rebellion to bring the undead menace to an end and bring the cult of Asmodeus down.
On the Plains of Tamberlyn just north of the capital city, two great armies met and decided the future of this dominion. One army was commanded by King Jaraad of House Barca, a great half-elven hero mounted on a griffon, the symbol of his house. The other was led by Markadian of House Darius, a young upstart paladin who would not bow before all the gods of the Talirean pantheon (in particular Asmodeus).
The Battle of Tamberlyn remains the most famous conflict in all of Talingarde’s history. House Darius was gravely outnumbered but far more fiercely committed to their holy cause. Much of House Barca’s army was paid mercenaries fighting for nothing more than gold (and some with the promise of immortality). The Battle was fought between two large stone spires (the so-called Lords of Tamberlyn) that rise from otherwise level ground. A small brook splits the spires crossed only in one place by an ancient stone bridge. The brook is not deep but still would be difficult for men in armor to cross.
Markadian took to the field first, seizing the bridge with his knights and positioning infantry on both his right and left flank. The famed archers of Barrington and Embryl, with their mighty longbows of yew, were positioned behind the infantry. Outnumbering his foe many times, King Jaraad hoped for a quick victory and sent his mercenary crossbowmen forward to bombard the knights on the bridge. The hope was that a few volleys of crossbow shot would kill many of the knights and paladins of House Darius. Deprived of their leadership, the rest of the soldiery would likely flee from the battlefield when the king moved the bulk of Barca’s army forward.
However, the crossbowmen advanced too close and the infantry on Darius’ right flank performed a surprise charge. The charge caught the mercenaries off guard and they fled with hardly a shot fired. So disgusted was the knight commander of Barca behind the mercenaries that he ordered his knights to charge forward through the “cowardly retreating rabble” to attack the relatively exposed Darian infantry.
The result was a chaotic muddle of panicked mercenary and tangled knights. It was then that the Darian archers begin to fire their volleys. The arrows rained down on the knights and took a princely toll on the Barcan force. King Jaraad saw the muddle that his left had become and ordered the other pincer of his army forward. They moved swiftly at first along the banks of the brook but soon found themselves equally bogged down in mud. They too began to receive a hail of arrows.
Finally the Barcan left pushed through the mercenaries and charged the bridge. It was here that the heaviest fighting of the battle took place. On the bridge of Tamberlyn the knights of Darius met the full might of the Barcan army and held the line. The Barcan army was packed in so tight trying to cross the bridge that there rear ranks were at the mercy of the Embryllian archers.
King Jaraad could watch the slaughter no longer. He flew his elite personal command – a dozen knights on griffons to the other side of the bridge hoping to flank the defenders and break their line. What he encountered instead was the young Lord Markadian and his personal guard. The battle between Markadian’s knights and the griffon riders has been immortalized in several songs and plays. Suffice to say that after a great battle, a dozen dead griffons littered the field and only Markadian of Darius and King Jaraad of Barca remained combatant. They fought fiercely and in the end, Markadian slew Jaraad upon the banks of the Tamberlyn brook and claimed the throne of Talingarde.
At the end of the day, the battle had proved to be a slaughter. The military might of House Barca was broken and House Darius came to power. It would have been easy then for House Darius to seek revenge against their former enemies but instead King Markadian I called the Victorious showed mercy. He allowed the nobles of House Barca to keep their lands if they would only swear loyalty to the new king and bow before the great god Mitra. Only those discovered to be undead were put to the sword. The surviving members of House Barca accepted and peace once more came to Talingarde. The crisis of succession was over and the religion of the isle was decided.
Mitra the Shining Lord became head of the Talirean pantheon.

The Victor Upon the Throne The Victor upon the Throne When Markadian I came to power there was great uncertainty of how capable a king he would prove. While he was a great warrior, he had never ruled and there was reason to doubt this young paladin could control this divided land. He soon put those doubts to rest.
Markadian I called the Victorious (usually simply The Victor these days) was the sort of ruler that only comes once every thousand years. His first move was uncovering the hidden covens of vampires that plagued the lands. He was remarkably successful in this regard, with dozens of undead being destroyed throughout Talingarde. At the battle of Farholde he dealt the bugbears of the north a savage defeat and scattered them for a generation. He confronted the pirates who had made the western coast of Talingarde their stronghold and burnt them out. It seemed that the Victor was undefeatable upon the field of battle.
So fearsome was his reputation that by the later years of his reign, he merely sent a letter to a rebellious warlord in the west that read, “Must we meet on the fields on war?” The warlord relented and became a loyal subject. By the end of the Victor’s reign, almost all of the island south of the Watch Wall was firmly a part of Talingarde. Only a few parts of the great and trackless forest, the Caer Bryr, remained wild and unmapped.
More than a soldier, he also proved a great builder and statesman. He raised the capital Matharyn from a small city into a great metropolis. He reinforced the watch wall, commissioning three new fortresses. He eased tariffs bringing merchants from the mainland to the oft-isolated isle once more. He personally visited the Lands of the Yutak tribesmen in the north and made peace with their great chiefs. And though the paladin spread the religion of Mitra and discouraged devotion to other deities he tolerated temples to “lesser” gods as long as they were discrete. For forty six years the Victor sat upon the throne bringing a golden age to Talingarde. Today, his statues are to be found in almost every town and hamlet throughout the kingdom. He did have his faults though. Like so many great rulers – he was a great soldier and king but a poor father.

The Scholar and the Monster After the death of the Victor, his oldest son Martius ascended to the throne as King Markadian II called the Learned. More a scholar than a king, Martius proved largely disinterested in affairs of state. He commissioned the great library at Matharyn and began renovation of an old family castle into the great palace known as the Adarium. As the first wing of the Adarium was completed, he retreated there and was rarely seen in public.
The other son, Prince Hallen, was not so reserved. Though he had no official power, he often ruled in the king’s absence and commanded great loyalty from the knights of the realm. This might have been an acceptable arrangement. After all, Prince Hallen was a soldier and an heir of the Victor. He could have become the de facto ruler while the official king sat in his distant pleasure palace and library. Alas, that Prince Hallen was also mad.
Prince Hallen became convinced that his mother (who had died in childbirth) was not the queen but an angel of Mitra. He believed himself a demigod and incapable of wrong. At first the Prince’s madness was subtle. He often dressed all in white and even had a magic set of wings made for himself that allowed him to soar over the capital.
But in time the visions began. He communed with these so-called angels and they whispered that he should replace his brother and become the true and immortal master of Talingarde. The king received disturbing reports of the prince’s madness and plots but refused to believe them. “My brother but jests,” is famously what Markadian II replied to the reports. Finally the “angel” prince would wait no longer. He flew to the Adarium and with a flaming sword slew his own brother amidst his books and proclaimed himself Markadian III called the Immortal. His brother’s six year reign was at an end.
For a brief time, it was possible that Markadian III’s claim of kingship might have been acknowledged. His brother after all was little loved and tongues wagged that getting rid of the absent king was a blessing. Maybe the new king was a divine messenger of Mitra’s will. But within days the mad decrees began from the Adarium. The king decreed that Mitra’s high holy day would no longer be the summer solstice but instead would become his own birthday. He ordered the military to prepare to invade Hell and commanded his wizards to research opening a great gate. First, he explained to his flabbergasted advisors, the army would go through the gate to the shining realm of Mitra himself to call forth an army of angels. Then he personally would lead the host to invade the nine hells and overthrow Asmodeus himself.
Finally the people had enough of this madness. Officially, the histories record that after only five months in power Markadian III called the Mad tried to fly from the highest spire of the Adarium without his magic wings. More likely, he was thrown from the spire by paladins who would tolerate no more of this madman’s blasphemies. Whatever the truth, his reign was over.

Blame the Devil Fortunately for Talingarde, Martius (Markadian II) had a son — Marcus. The grandson of the Victor was neither mad nor a recluse. He had been clever enough to avoid the Adarium and the capital during Prince Hallen’s angelic rampage. Marcus was a handsome knight twenty nine years of age and closely resembled his grandfather the Victor. Thus was Talingarde spared another disastrous war of succession. Marcus returned to the capital and was crowned Markadian IV called the Zealous. The new king quickly realized that he needed to solidify his power and explain away the difficulties of the last six and a half years. In short, he needed an enemy to unify this fractured Talirean nation. He found one – in the vampires of legend. King Markadian IV blamed hidden vampiric covens and cults to Asmodeus for using their black magic to summon an evil spirit to possess the former king thus driving him mad. It was a brilliant political solution (though an utter fiction). It removed blame from the royal house of Darius and instead placed guilt squarely upon a semi-mythical bogeyman. This was the beginning of the Great Purges. The Knights of the Alerion took the lead in destroying and burning people believed to have any connections to vampires or infernal powers. A good number of dhampirs and tieflings were burned alive while mages and priests with even the faintest interest in necromancy were tortured and executed. Although the death of countless innocents occurred, sentient undead (especially vampires) were hunted almost to the point of extinction.
Markadian IV died comparatively young, only 41 years old of a mysterious illness. There were rumors that a strange curse had placed a curse upon the king by vengeful necromancers. These rumors only fueled the purges further.

A Brave New King Markadian IV was followed by Markadian V, his son. Twenty-two when he took the throne (the same age as the Victor), he has ruled for sixteen years as a capable, energetic king who has done much to put bad memories in the past. Beloved by his people, he has proven again and again he is the true heir of the Victor. Early in his reign, he personally led the army to relieve the Watch Wall after another bugbear incursion. It was on the watchtower walls that he earned himself the title The Brave Markadian V has continued the prohibition against the undead menace, but does not pursue the purges with the same vigor as his father. After all, that battle is largely won. No one has heard of a vampire in Talingarde for years. Instead, he turns his attention to the west and the north hoping to be the king who brings the entire island of Talingarde under his dynasty’s dominion. He has failed in one duty however. He has failed to yet produce a son. Instead, he has only one child — a beautiful, brilliant young princess named Bellinda. Twenty years of age, she is already a prodigy of arcane magic. If her father produces no heir it is an open question whether the men of Talingarde will follow a queen instead of a king. Her story is yet to be written.

Organizations of Talingarde

The Knights of Alerion This venerable brotherhood of knights dedicated to Mitra’s service was once a minor order. However, during the war of succession, they were the only order to side with House Darius. All the rest sided with House Barca. With Markadian’s victory and the elevation of House Darius to royalty, this order has risen to become the greatest and most prestigious order throughout the land. To “fly with eagles” (the heraldic symbol of the Alerion is the eagle) is used as a synonym for joining this order.
Fiercely religious, all its members must swear oaths of service to Mitra and support the Mitran Church. Oaths of chastity and poverty are not uncommon among the more devout members of this order but are not required.
Uniquely, this order of knights does not require noble blood. Any commoner who can pass the rigorous tests of membership can become a member. Of course, the overwhelming majority of its members are highborn. How often do farmers train with the horse and sword? Still, some of the most prestigious members are common heroes who have answered the call of the Shining Lord.
Nowadays one could be forgiven for thinking this the only knightly order in the land. This is untrue of course (see below) but what is undeniable is that the Order is the most influential military organization in Talingarde.
This Order is led by no less august a personage than the King himself. Markvadian V called the Brave is the highest ranking member of the Knights of the Alerion.

Sacred Brotherhood of the Gryphon The other major order of knights in Talingarde, the Brothers of the Gryphon are actually a coalition of older orders that banded together after their membership numbers were shattered eighty years ago in the war of succession. Largely secular, their order requires no divine oaths to join. They do however require noble blood.
Since the war of succession and their pardon by the Victor, the Brothers have proven their loyalty to Talingarde again and again. Numerous Brothers have served as commanders on the Watch Wall. They have held every possible military position of any prestige.
Still today, there is no doubt this is an order in decline. Led by Lord Vastenus of Barca, the king’s most trusted commander, there remains some jealousy amongst the Brothers of the great prestige the Knights of the Alerion now enjoy.

The Church of Mitra If there is any organization that may rival the royal house in power in Talingarde today, it is the Church of Mitra. There is no community of any size that does not have at least a church house and a single priest of this religion. There are involved in the daily lives of the peasants like no other group. Every birth, every death, every marriage, and every festival is presided over by a priest of Mitra.
Overwhelming, the Church is a force for benevolence throughout the kingdom. Has there ever in history been an organization with such power and influence and yet so untroubled by corruption? This is not to say the Church has not had its scandals. Priests who indulge their vices; bishops who misappropriate funds for personal gain; cardinals who use their office for power instead of holy work -- these happen. But what makes the Church of Mitra so remarkable is how rarely they happen. The servants of the Shining Lord are trusted by the people of Talingarde and for good reason.
Led by the High Cardinal Vitalian of Estyllis, the Church is experiencing a zenith of influence and culture. In Matharyn, the kingdom’s capital, the great Cathedral of the Sanctum Solaris has just been completed. Its soaring frescoes and magnificent statuary are without equal on the isle.

The Blessed Order of St.Macarius This monastic order has dedicated itself to healing the sick and relieving the suffering of the people, thus following in the footsteps of the founder St. Macarius the Mendicant. They do this without charge or any expectation of repayment. This has earned them the gratitude and love of people throughout the domain.
Further, in times of war, the brothers of this order accompany the army into battle. Healing both sides, they do their best to minimize the loss of life. There are even tales of these monks healing bugbears who attacked the Watch Wall in hopes that these acts of kindness will eventually lead the shaggy invaders to reconsider their violent lives.
This order has another claim to fame. Most of the clergy who follow Mitra will never cast a single divine spell. Most priests though they worship Mitra are not direct channels for his will. Of the rare priests who can actually use divine magic, the overwhelming majority are members of this order.
The leader of this order prefers to remain anonymous but is doubtless located at the Monastery of St. Macarius, the order’s central base of operation and founding site.

Then, the Cardinal stands and continues "This whole endeavor, of course need to be tightly planned, rules must be set, and they must be obeyed!"

House Rules:

Rolls:
Many rolls will be handled by the GM in secret.(don't worry, I don't fudge.)
Any result that can influence the character behavior will not be rolled open.
Ex: A Rogue try's a perception check to hear if there's anything on the other side of the door, he rolls 3 and add his bonus (+7), you got a 10 result. The char is not aware he was bad at listening, to him, he did not heard anything because there's nothing o the other side(he trust his skills, there is no "ops, I was bad at this listening attempt."), but the player will know that there is a high chance of something on the other side. And let's be fair, it's really hard not to change your character actions because of your bad roll.
Rolls that will be handled by the GM:
Perception(all of then).
Bluff.
Sense Motive.
Appraise.
Stealth.

Test results:
If there is something to be seen, a bluff to catch, a enchantment to notice, I will not put that info inside a spoiler with the test DC. Only when someone beat that DC it will be available in a spoiler for those who passed the test.

Combat rules:
I'm a fair GM, I don’t roll combat in secret, I don't change results, I don't ignore bad calls from the characters.
Sometimes, character dies, but I'm not a player killer, if I think that an encounter will be easy handled, when it should be more challenging, I will make it a more challenging, if the party it's not prepared to face something, I will drop hints, if they insist... well killing one or two players never made me lack sleep...

Actions:
I'm a GM that do not punish the character for trying something new or cool, or even strange. Visual appealing actions are encouraged, the dc will of course depend on what are you trying, but you can try! If what you want to do is wicked cool, I can even bend the game mechanics to allow it! The most important part is: You are villains. Villains are smart, resourceful and have style! Have you ever seen a memorable villain that could just swing his sword and do nothing more?

Posting Rate
If it could be done, I expect 1/day posting, if you can post more, it will really good.
During weekend, this rule does not apply. If you are able to post, great! But don’t stress over this, everyone need some time to rest (In my case, I need time to play and DM :D on my tabletop games).

Level up
Aside from character creation, when you level up, if you want something not from PAIZO PRD, you'll need to search it inside the game. Basically what you need to do is just show in game your character is searching for that knowledge. This rule is not meant to prohibit anything, I just don't like something like this: "Character always as a full caster, never picked up a sword in his entire life, and then he gain a new level and says: Master, I'll level up as a fighter now..."


Tiadora leads you to a beautifully appointed office richly decorated with dark wood and sumptuous brocade tapestry. Sitting in a leather high-backed chair is a devilishly handsome fellow who smiles as you enter.

“I have brought you here for a reason. My name is Cardinal Adrastus Thorn. I am the last high priest of Asmodeus left on the island of Talingarde. Once the Prince of Nessus was rightly revered alongside the other great powers. Now, the king of Talingarde has become a puppet to Mitran fanatics who wish to destroy any religion that does not bow to their insipid sun god.”
“For their blasphemy, I am going to burn Talingarde to the ground and from the ashes I will build a new nation that knows its rightful master. I cannot do this alone. I seek servants worthy of our Infernal Father’s majesty. Have I found them in you?”
He rises and his eyes flash with hellfire and divine purpose. “Join me! Serve me well in this holy endeavor and I will raise you up in the eyes of gods and men. I will make you prince of the new Talingarde. Today, swear fealty to me and to Asmodeus.”
“Put aside forgiveness and I shall give you vengeance. Put aside mercy and be made powerful. Put aside peace and become my harbingers of war. What say you? Will you swear your allegiance or will you burn with the rest of the blind fools?”

==/==

Opening recruitment for one more villain for Call Forth Darkness!

Current party setup is:
Johan Hale - Inquisitor
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa - Conjurer
Eldred Crofter - Ranger
Father Sidious - Cleric

==/==

Creation rules:
Level: 6.
Starting wealth: 9k
Aligniment: LE, even if you class say you can’t be LE, I’m allowing it.
Traits: 2
Drawbacks: Nops!
Banned classes: Samurai, Ninjas, Summoners, Gunslingers, Paladins, ACG classes I don’t have the source book, and it’s not on Paizo PRD.
Abilities Score: Focus and Foible or 25pt. You can roll for F&F, if you don’t like your rolls, you can change for 25pt buy.
Multiclasses: Allowed, one extra class.
Archetypes: Allowed, only one per class.
Prestige classes:Allowed, as long your background history cover it.
Background: Why are you evil? What have you done to attract the Cardinal attention, and motivate him into inviting you to join his plans? Don’t need to be necessarily big, but well written and concise backgrounds are a boost.
Motivation: Why do you what you do?
Personality: You character at first glance.
Metal Abilities Score: Dumping mental scores is fine, as long you don’t put int/wis/cha 8 or less and RP your char as the most smart/wise/charismatic person in the party. If you want to dump any ability, be prepared to RP it.
Skill Points: You have two extra skill points per level.
Sourcebooks: Anything on Paizo PRD is fine, except for Mythic Adventures, and Technology Guide. If you want to use anything else outside PRD, you’ll need to talk to me first.
3rd Party: Maybe, the party members will have the final saying if they want it or not. If they accept and you get chosen, you must be willing to share the sourcebook for reference.
Posting Rate: We usually post more than once a day. Because of that, 1/day posting rate is the minimum required, with the weekends free.

==//==

How to get chosen: I’ll consult the current players over the app and see what they think it would be best for the party. From the current setup, we have a Inquisitor in fullplate, a reach cleric, the urban ranger swapping into melee and ranged combat as need arises and acting as party scout and rogue, and lastly the mage, partial battlefield controller, wannabe devilbinder.
I’ve already talked with them, and they don’t want any competition in party roles. That means: Inquisitors, Rangers, mages, clerics have less change of being selected. Of course that if you have a strong concept, this may change.

How to not get chosen:
Min-maxers, optimizers, rule-benders and one-week-posting-rate players will not be considered.
I don’t mind well-crafted and concise characters. But if you want to optimize you char, your background should be above average and explain those optimizations.

Any question, drop me a line. :)

About the DM:

Not my first DM’ing experience.
I don’t mind players that like rules, as long it does not bog down the game. I prefer history over combat.
I’ve been gaming since 2001. Mostly 3.5, pathfinder in the last couple of years.
English is not my main language, some grammar errors are bound to happen, I do my best to prevent then.

Recruitment will be open until saturday, sep-13. Result will be posted sunday.


”Vengence will be mine! Talingard will burn! Fear not, The Prince of Nessus will see to your needs!” says the cardinal, in his eyes an unholy fire burning with divine purpose and fury!

Bump. :D

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